Malaysia: Governments and business enterprises in the Asia Pacific region are recognising the significance of Geospatial technologies in their business workflows and decision making. Thus, geospatial technology initiatives are playing a significant role in shaping the economy and society in this region.
To recognize and encourage such efforts in the Asia Pacific region, Geospatial Media and Communications has been conferring Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards for exemplary innovations and practices in geospatial information and technology in the Asia Pacific at the annual GeoSmart Asia conference (Formerly Asia Geospatial Forum). These Awards have gained repute and credibility of being the Awards per excellence in this domain.
The Asia Geospatial Excellence Awards 2016 awards presentation would take place on 17th November, 2016 during the opening ceremony of GeoSmart Asia 2016 at Berjaya Times Square Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The winners for GeoSmart Asia Awards 2016 year are from applications in urban development, weather services, governance, land management, plantation, statistics, utilities and disaster management.The winners that will be awarded for the exemplary work and contributions are:
Application of Geospatial technology in Urban Planning & Development
For URA SPACE Portal, consolidating detailed land use information and private property-related information onto a one-stop platform presented on geospatial maps, providing data and visualisation to help building professionals, business operators and the public in their decision-making.
Application of Geospatial technology in Weather Services
For Met on Map portal, integrating weather and geophysical information on GIS platform and 3D images, enabling the public to easily gain access to location-specific weather information. Besides offering weather observations, the maps can display weather forecasts for different locations in Hong Kong, marine forecasts for neighbouring sea areas and global earthquake reports.
Application of Geospatial technology in Local Governance
For 1Mapping Project for enhancing efficiencies in governance through satellite-based identification of assets and roads which need future concerns and repair.
4. Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA), Malaysia
Application of Geospatial technology in Land Management
For FELDA Geographical Land Index, establishing a blueprint for re-planting, developing vacant lots into areas for additional revenue generation with employment opportunities to local residents; preventing activities threatening national security; and providing leadership in precision agriculture.
Application of Geospatial technology in Plantation
For Hotspot Alert 2016, the monitoring dashboard in the interest of transparency and to provide insights that could lead to long-term solutions to the recurring haze situation, based on satellite data.
Application of Geospatial technology in Statistics
For Nationwide Statistical Map APIs for Effective Governance, providing precise statistical data to government officials to avoid modifiable areal unit problems and make more elaborate and smart policies, saving massive budgets and resources previously spent on similar projects.
Application of Geospatial technology in Utilities
For Implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for Utilities Asset Management, facilitating automated, cost-effective, customisable solutions; faster deployment and operation; and minimizing human risk.
Application of Geospatial technology in Disaster Management
For use of geospatial information in disaster risk management and empowering Pacific communities through improved geospatial data.